Sonia Humphrey, former presenter for ABC’s This Day Tonight, Nationwide and Towards 2000, has died aged 63.
Humphrey first worked in Australian television as a reporter for TEN in 1975, following previous work for ABC (US). She was the first journalist on the scene of the Granville train disaster in 1977, reporting live on the search for survivors. She also served as a TEN newsreader followed by hosting stints with This Day Tonight and Nationwide.
Whilst at the ABC she also presented Towards 2000, opera and ballet simulcasts and The Investigators.
In the early 1980s Humphrey won a claim with the Anti-Discrimination Board after ABC management took her off air, concerned a visible pregnancy would offend viewers.
Later she produced documentaries for Film Australia.
She is survived by Ian, her two sons and her parents.